Friends find a fundraising niche
HAVING outgrown university fundraisers but not quite ready to commit to $350-a-plate charity dinners, three 20-something professionals decided to take matters into their own hands.
Friends from University of WA Daryl Tan, Lauren Chalmers and Nikki Graham will launch fundraising social club HopeEatGive at Steves Fine Wine & Food in Nedlands this Saturday.
“We were getting coffee in the city last year, talking about how frustrating it was that we weren’t involved in charity events like we used to be,” Peppermint Grove local Ms Chalmers (26) said.
“Our options were either university movie nights with a can of coke, or expensive galas with high-profile business people. It seemed like there was no middle ground.
“The flexibility of focusing on different charities will ensure it doesn’t become formulaic,” the property lawyer said.
“Our first event is a cocktail party, but maybe the next thing will be a breakfast or a formal dinner.”
Mr Tan said HopeEatGive was not only about raising money and socialising.
“We have a couple of guest speakers, so our events will be about giving people an opportunity to learn more about and connect to different social issues,” he said.
“Everyone involved is definitely young at heart, idealistic and passionate about being involved in any capacity to make a difference.”
HopeEatGive founders Daryl Tan, Lauren Chalmers and Nikki Graham.